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Gartner Warns Of More Destructive Cyber Attacks By 2015.
Category : General 01 Dec 2010 04:52 AM | Industry News
A G20 country will be hit by major cyber attack by 2015, Garter predicts. In an analysis of the IT trends over the next few years, the analyst firm warns an online attack that targeting multiple critical IT systems simultaneously could cause years of disruption to leading western economies.
Online attacks can be multimodal, in the sense of targeting multiple systems for maximum impact, such as the financial system (the stock exchange), physical plant (the control systems of a chemical, nuclear or electric plant), or mobile communications (mobile-phone message routers). Such a multimodal attack can have lasting effects beyond a temporary disruption, in the same manner that the 9-11 attacks on the US had repercussions that have lasted for nearly a decade.
Four initiatives — context-aware computing, IT's direct involvement in enterprise innovation development efforts, Pattern-Based Strategies and harnessing the power of social networks — can potentially directly increase enterprise revenue.
Those IT-enabled enterprises that successfully navigated the recent recession and return to growth will benefit from many internal and external dynamics. Consolidation, optimisation and cost transparency programs have made decentralised IT investments more visible, increasing “recognised” IT spending.
The move by non-IT organisations to provide non-IT capabilities via cloud computing will further expand the role of IT decision making outside the IT organisation. This represents yet another opportunity for IT organisations to redefine their value proposition as service enablers — with either consumption or provision of cloud-based services
The trend toward supporting corporate applications on employee-owned notebooks and smartphones is already under way in many organisations and will become commonplace within four years
The Apple iPad is the first of what promises to be a huge wave of media tablets focused largely on content consumption, and to some extent communications, rather than content creation, with fewer features and less processing power than traditional PCs and notebooks or pen-centric tablet PCs.
Social media strategy involves several steps: establishing a presence, listening to the conversation, speaking (articulating a message), and, ultimately, interacting in a two-way, fully engaged manner.
It also foresees 90 per cent of organisations supporting corporate applications on personal devices by 2014.